Jason (Year 2)
What made you choose this institution over all others? Did the university exceed your expectations?
University of Toronto being placed in the center of downtown Toronto offered a balance between social and school life no other universities can match. In addition, University being now ranked top 20 in the world it is filled with a diverse group of people that can provide connections from all around the world.
Do you have any lingering thoughts or regrets in your year as a whole (ex; application process, mistakes going into first year). If so, describe them.
A major regret I had after first year is not committing to a design team. Design teams can truly help you improve your technical and social skills and being committed to a team can lead to very valuable connections and skills in the future.
Briefly describe the academic rigour of your program (in terms of competitiveness, courses, professors, etc.)
The University of Toronto has also been known to have low averages and hard course load. However, there are tons of resources that can help you succeed. And if you think you did badly on an exam, most of the class probably did and there will probably be a curve anyway.
Describe the social life at your campus based on your own experiences (making friends, clubs + extracurriculars, party culture etc.)
Life at the University of Toronto has endless to offer. There are all kinds of clubs ranging from Hyper loop design teams to lettuce eating clubs. With the campus being placed in the center of Toronto, there are plenty of amazing ways of simply getting away from all the school work to relax.
What are some of the best and worst parts of your university experience so far?
The greatest part of my experience so far was definitely during Frosh week. The engineering frosh week involves various activities that help you make friends and meet new people easily.
List three effective study techniques and/or habits:
Going to the professor's office hours.
Forming study groups
Studying at libraries
List some pieces of advice for first-year students:
Open yourself up during frosh week to all kinds of experiences
Join clubs and design teams
Don't be scared off by tests' difficulty
Talk to professors (A lot of them are top of the industry researchers and can provide you with really good summer jobs)